Judging from the literature and the many proposed schemes, great expectations exist regarding the recovery of useful items from residues—items which range from the lowly refillable container to the now highly prized energy sources, namely, the carbonaceous wastes. Whether or not the expectations will be realized with respect to energy from residues remains to be seen. Most likely, the realization will be somewhere between the extremes, i.e., between the trivial foreseen by the pessimist and the panacea predicted by the super-optimist. Regardless of position in the spectrum between extreme pessimism and superoptimism, the reality is that if all organic residues (euphemism for “wastes”) were converted into energy, the resulting output would fulfill about 5-10% of the nation’s total energy requirements. While these percentages may seem small, it should be remembered that any contribution, however small, has a significance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis F. Diaz
    • 1
  • Clarence G. Golueke
    • 1
  1. 1.Cal Recovery Systems, Inc.RichmondUSA

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